Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Regina: The Monster Inside by D.M. Singh (Regina #1)

Regina: The Monster Inside
by D.M. Singh

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Regina - Book 1
Publisher: Follow This Publishing; 3 edition (June 23, 2014)
Publication Date: June 23, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 335 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
What if what you were could destroy everything and everyone you loved?

Regina thought she was an average teenager. When strange things start to happen, she discovers that not only does she belong to a hidden world of supernatural beings, but that she is the most powerful and dangerous of them all. Her existence is a death sentence to her - her survival could be a death sentence for us all.
Can Regina fight the darkness within her and hold onto her humanity? Will those who fear her destroy her and those she loves? Or will those who seek her power unleash the monster within.

Join the fight for survival!

Regina: The Monster Inside by D.M. Singh (Regina #1)

Other than moving around constantly and not having any friends, Regina was a pretty normal teen. Now, turning sixteen, she finally has a real friend to share teen things with! She is also noticing some very strange things happening. From her parents to her best friend, those around Regina have been hiding who and what Regina really is, but the supernatural world is out to destroy her before she destroys the world. Who can she trust when needs the truth? Who has her back and who wants to bring her down? It all started centuries before when two beings fell in love and a monster was created…

REGINA: THE MONSTER INSIDE by D.M. Singh is an incredible supernatural coming-of-age story that will pit one clueless teen against powerful enemies from a world she never knew existed. Her foundations will be rocked and from the rubble she will need to re-build herself, maintain her humanity and fight to keep her dark side in check. And you thought YOUR teen years were tough?

D.M. Singh’s world comes alive as we share Regina’s “normal” life, the thrill of a real friend and the devastation of her world being turned inside out! You have to love a heroine who takes life’s lemons and tries to learn everything she can about making lemonade! Magical beings and a supernatural world make this fantasy a fascinating and well-developed world sure to hold a reader’s interest from start to finish! Speaking of finishes….hang on tight…that cliffhanger is a doozy….



Talon of Scorpio by G. T. Almasi (Shadowstorm #3)


Talon of Scorpio
My Rating:
Written by: G. T. Almasi
Series: Shadowstorm
Sequence in Series: 3
Publisher: Hydra
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Sold by: Random House LLC
Genre: "Hard Scifi"

Superagent Alix Nico returns in a new Shadowstorm thriller from the author of Blades of Winter, which was hailed as “a hell-bent-for-leather mash-up of spy novel and science fiction” by Jason Bourne novelist Eric Van Lustbader.

Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a one-woman demolition derby. As a top American Level, she’s a cybernetically and biologically enhanced operative fighting a Cold War among the forces of freedom, a Soviet Union that never fell, a China hungry for power, and a Germany that emerged from World War II more powerful than ever.

There’s a mole within ExOps, the covert agency responsible for the security of the United States, who has been working to decapitate the organization’s leadership. And when treason strikes, Scarlet and her partner, Darwin, find themselves matched against a rogue Level known as Talon, a merciless killing machine whose augmentations place her in a league of her own. But behind Talon lurks the real enemy, a traitor whose thirst for control threatens to upset the fragile balance of mutually assured destruction that has kept the four Great Powers from breaking into open warfare—until now.
Talon of Scorpio (Shadowstorm, #3)Talon of Scorpio by G.T. Almasi

Almasi writes a vividly described world that jumps off the pages. Talon of Scorpio is a blending of political intrigue and super – spy meets scifi on steroids. Complex and sure to send your mind on a roller coaster thrill ride.

Alix, Scarlet, is an enhanced super-solider, fighting a cold war against enemies abroad and maybe within her own ranks. Not knowing who to trust, Alix is up against one of her toughest foes yet, Talon…a fellow enhanced super killing machine.

The struggle for power and secret machinations threaten to send this behind the scenes battle into a full blown war.

Somehow, Almasi made you feel like you were reading a futuristic, dystopian thriller all the while throwing you historical bones! I know that sound strange but it worked.

I received this ARC copy of Talon of Scorpio from Random House - Hydra. This is my honest and voluntary review. Talon of Scorpio is set for publication May 1, 2018.


Tempted by Love: Montana Heat by Jennifer Ryan (Montana Heat #4)


Montana Heat: Tempted by Love

My Rating:
Written by: Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Heat
Sequence in Series: Book 4
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
ISBN-10: 0062645293
ISBN-13: 978-0062645296
Genre: Contemporary Romance

She was this Montana Man’s greatest temptation . . .

Alina Cooke—little sister of his two best friends—is the last woman DEA agent Jay Bennett should be waking up next to on the day of her brother’s wedding. But their powerful attraction ignited a powder keg of desire, and their once simple friendship has just become impossibly complicated.

Alina’s always been steady, focused, and lived on the safe side of life. Jay is totally devoted to his dangerous job. She knows a future with him will be filled with worry that one day he won’t come home. She’s done it with her brothers. She’s not sure she can face that uncertainty with the man she loves. Yet being in his arms is a bad idea they keep repeating, again and again.

When Alina is run off the road, Jay fears his job has made her a target. But the threat in Alina’s life is closer than they think. As the enemy gets more ruthless, Alina proves she’s no easy target and Jay will do anything to bring them down. Because surviving and being together is the only thing that matters.
Montana Heat: Tempted by LoveMontana Heat: Tempted by Love by Jennifer Ryan

Tempted by Love was a likable and entertaining insta-love romance with a pretty straight forward plot... that seemed to extended beyond the conflicts that truly existed. Lots of internal vacillations and character's internal conflicts. Alina inability to make a choice about their relationship. Jay's mother, a very unlikable character and an overall nuisance but no bearing on the story. Jay's choice of pursuit with the conflict of his friendships. Even the babysitting of Alina's nephew seemed like a pieced on addition. But mostly, it was Jay's undercover activities that seemed like they where thrown in to extend the story and made no difference to me in the outcome. In the end, I guess I wanted more put into relationship development and less of all the above.

I received this ARC copy of Montana Heat: Tempted by Love from Avon Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Montana Heat: Tempted by Love is set for publication August 21, 2018.


Naughty Desires by Sarah Castille Blitz and #Giveaway


Naughty Desires
Sarah Castille
(Naughty Shorts, #1)
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Naughty Desires is the first book in a standalone second chance romance novella series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in a small Montana town and inspired by stories of real couples who have lost their way and found love again.
Fifteen years ago, Lily Meyers crashed into Chris Taylor at a bus stop, and it was love at first stumble. A whirlwind romance peppered with red roses and smoldering nights in bed led to a marriage Lily and Chris were proud of, nothing like the failed relationships they both experienced in their childhood homes.
But an unexpected layoff changes everything. Lily has done all she can to get Chris to see her again, but their playful nighttime banter has been replaced by anger and bitterness. Lily is ready to call it quits, until a mysterious package arrives that offers hope of a new beginning. But is Lily brave enough to take a chance?
Chris has been waiting every day for the past year for his wife to finally leave him. He feels unworthy as a husband and uncertain of what Lily will think about his dark desires. But now, with a little assistance from a friend, he’s got one chance to show his wife who he is, what he wants, and all the games he likes to play.
Warning: This book contains naughty costumes with ruby-red stilettos, a meddling dentist with a penchant for toys, and brown paper packages tied up with string. So basically a romance reader’s favorite things.
NAUGHTY SHORTS SERIES
A little naughty, a lot of heart, and a happily ever after.
Naughty Shorts are quick delicious bites of dirty (& sweet!) romance that will give you all the feels. Set in a fictional small town in Montana, and inspired by real couples, these sexy second chance romances are about hope, passion, and a happily ever after.
Series Release Dates:
Naughty Desires – April 24
Naughty Wishes – May 15
Naughty Secrets – June 5
Naughty Cravings TBA


Author Bio:
Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Ruin & Revenge Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, and Legal Heat series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, and Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have won numerous reader’s choice awards including the Holt Medallion.

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Evading The Dark by E.M. Rinaldi Blitz and Giveaway


Evading The Dark
E.M. Rinaldi
(The Cross Chronicles #1)
Published by: CHBB Publishing
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
High school sucks. It doesn’t matter who you ask; jock, cheerleader, computer nerd, or band geek, they will all say the same thing: It’s a nightmare. But Casey is still wondering how she got the short end of the stick. Just a Sophomore at the prestigious Luthos Academy for Magical Beings, Casey already knows more about heartache and fear than any almost-sixteen-year-old should. Orphaned and left to be raised by the Academy, she spends her days training to become a Guardian, but that dream is looking dimmer with every day that passes.Unlike the wand-waving heroines in all her favorite books, Witches in her world don’t cast spells, they are born wielding the power of nature: water, fire, earth, or air; powers Casey never developed. She’ll be lucky if they even allow her to take her final exams.
She is top of her training class, but that doesn’t keep her from being looked down upon by every other being at her school. All Casey wants is to be given a chance, instead she finds the only life she’s ever known targeted by an unfathomable evil. Thrust into the center of an age-old prophecy, a war is coming with Casey at the reins.
Will relying on her hard earned training be enough for her to make it out alive?
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EXCERPT:
10 years earlier …
I should have known that something bad was going to happen, but at only six years old, I didn’t know how to put my feelings into words. At least, not those feelings. How was I supposed to tell mommy that something dark was following us; that I could feel its eyes on me while its hungry breath fogged up the window? I knew she wouldn’t understand, outside it was anything but dark. The sun was shining clear and bright and laughter trickled in from the barbeque next door. Why would she believe me, a kid, when what I felt was not reflected around us?
I should have told her anyway. I should have screamed it until she listened, because, as it turned out, she knew the darkness was there too.
Looking back, all the signs were there—blatantly so. It was a Sunday, the day that my mom always took me to the park. I loved those days. She would always have a new adventure planned for us: catching butterflies that we’d pretend were fairies or climbing trees that she made me believe were the tallest mountains.
But not that Sunday. I thought it was weird that she didn’t want to go outside, mommy loved being out with the trees, but I didn’t argue. I had my own reasons for not wanting to go out. And it wasn’t too bad in the house; true to form, mommy tried to play the night out like it was just another adventure.
“We’re really in a secret cave hunting for lost treasure,” she said.
She led me all around the house, making obstacles out of the furniture until we made it to the “treasure”—a fresh baked batch of brownies. The whole time I thought it was just a new game. It was my naivety that kept me from seeing how my mother moved a kitchen knife from its drawer to the counter, or how all the “obstacles” looked strategically placed.
I couldn’t tell then, but now it’s all too clear; she knew that something was coming. Or someone.
They came late in the night. We were halfway through The Lion King when there was a knock at the door. My mom turned off the movie and instantly knelt in front of me to quiet my cries of dismay. There was no explanation for why the movie was gone; she had no chance to give one. The knock at the door swiftly turned violent, with more blows sounding on the back door and surrounding windows.
I was ushered into the dark crevice where our couch met the wall. Almost too big to fit, I managed to squeeze in just as she ran to the kitchen and grabbed the knife. I heard her yell frantically into her phone as the harsh pounding became so vehement that it felt as if the whole house shook. Whether it’s because I was too young or unintentionally blocked it out, I can only remember bits and pieces of what she said.
“Eli, they’re here! Help! … 120 Huckleberry …”
At one point I heard a splintering crack as one of the doors started to break. I crawled further into the crevice as my mom spoke faster.
“… not enough time! … I’m so sorry. Take care of her.”
I never saw what happened next, but I remember every sound: the high pitch of our glass windows shattering, the harsh moan and crack as the already fragmented door gave way, followed closely by my mom’s scream. And I heard what I now recognize as the sound of a fight. I sometimes dream that my mom won that fight and came to get me and everything was okay. But that’s not how it happened.
The fighting ended in an eerie silence. I almost crawled out of my hiding spot, but even my undeveloped instincts could tell that I wasn’t alone. Whoever was still there was looking for something. Before I knew it, it was silent yet again, but this time it was real. This time, it was forever.


Author Bio:
E.M. Rinaldi lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her fiancé, Milz, and their slightly psychotic pup, Boone. She works as a Registered Radiologic Technologist,taking pictures of mangled bones for hours on end- then she writes about all the bizarre situations her characters get themselves into while she was away. She is a Second Degree Blackbelt and can’t write a story without at least one fight scene in it.
When she’s not writing or trapped at work, E.M. likes to read (obsessively), clear her DVR, and have all night Buffy marathons with her friends, complete with cookies and cinnamon rolls.
Her love for writing stems from an early age where she would create stories on an old computer program and force anyone within grabbing distance to read them. Not much has changed; be warned: stay out of grabbing distance.

E.M. is a new YA author and her debut novel, Evading The Dark, is available now.

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All The Right Moves by M.H. Soars Blitz and #Giveaway


All The Right Moves
M.H. Soars
Publication date: April 23rd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
A new standalone novel in the world of Love Me, I’m Famous series
A reformed party girl on a mission. A broody, sexy as hell pub owner with a chip on his shoulders. A road trip through Ireland. Zero chances of them falling in love. Yeah, right.
My name is Emma Hart and I like to date, a lot. My friends call me maneater, the men I dump call me slut. The double standard kills me, but relationships are not my thing. They never last, so why bother with the heartache?
When my father suffers a major heart attack and confesses from his hospital bed that he’s terrified of dying and leaving me all alone, I decide to change my ways. There’s only one guy who stands a chance of melting my cold heart, a stranger who saved my life a year ago. I just have to find him.
Help comes from the person I least expect. Rori O’Shea, the sexiest Irishman I’ve ever met (and also the grumpiest), offers to be my guide in Ireland. The catch? I have to be his date at his sister’s wedding. It should be easy enough as long as I don’t fall back into my old ways. Meaning, I have to keep my hands to myself and stay out of his bed.
Never mind that the man is Adonis on Earth.
Never mind that he can make me hot and bothered with one heated glance in my direction.
I can and I will resist him or I’m not called Emma Hart.
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(Better start thinking of other names, then).
MEET THE CHARACTERS!


Author Bio:
USA Today bestselling author M. H. Soars always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would become a novelist. With a background in fashion design, she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first novel, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.
M. H. Soars resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Love Me, I’m Famous series.
M. H. Soars also writes Sci-Fantasy under the pen name Michelle Hercules.
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Love, Music, Madness by Tabitha Rhys #Release & #Giveaway

LOVE, MUSIC, MADNESS
by Tabitha Rhys

ISAN by Mary Ting Blitz and #Giveaway


ISAN
Mary Ting
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.
SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into our quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her “better.” To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.
EXCERPT:
When the bodyguard with the gun directed the weapon at Roxy, something dangerous ignited in me knowing my team would be next. This foreign existence in my core wanted blood. It wanted death. It wanted destruction. I became a monster. Helix transformed me into a shallow shell to servitude—a perfect model of ISAN assassin.
I pulled my gun from the side of my boot and took aim. The bodyguard who had shot Roxy’s team went down first, followed by the others.
Don’t look at their faces. Don’t make eye contact. But I did look at their faces, and I did make eye contact.
Each guard held my foster father’s cruel face, his steel malevolent eyes. I saw the man who ripped the happiness out of my soul, who towered over me into submission, and molded me into a terrified little girl. For a heartbeat I froze, knees buckling, heart palpitating with trepidation and regret. I became that little girl. A rat, he had called me, and beat me until I stopped crying from missing my mother.
No more. No more. I am no longer that petrified girl.
Then, one after the other, as hunger for revenge drove me, as if each of the men was him, I shot them until they were all down.


Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Reckless Love by J. Saman

Reckless Love
A Second Chance Romance
by J. Saman

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Publisher: J. Saman
Genre: Contemporary Romance - Second Chance - Coming of Age
Print Length: 258 pages
Available from: Amazon
I let her slip through my fingers…
No, that’s a lie. I was reckless and pushed her away. 
I was never supposed to fall for her. She was my tutor. My best friend. My fantasy. I tried to stay away. I failed. 
Then we graduated and everything changed. All I needed was a step back. A moment to breathe… And by the time I came up for air, she was in the arms of another man.
Four years later, everything is different. And when I see her again, I remember why I should have never let her go in the first place. But second chances don't always come easy. Even when you're determined to get them.

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It started on day one… 
New school. New life. And there he was, the boy I grew up with, walking up the steps of my very first class. Except now, the boy from my memories was gone, and his place was an Adonis of a man. 
It didn’t take much for me to fall for him. Even though I knew we were doomed from the start. But when you find something that perfect, you don't second guess it. 
Until it ends. 
Four years later, he’s back. Steamrolling through my life like he never broke my heart to begin with. Only this time, I’m older, wiser and know that second chances are the stuff of fairytales. 

*A standalone contemporary romance!* 

Reckless Love by J. Saman

Reckless Love: A second Chance RomanceThey grew up together as satellite friends, but when Lyric looked up to see Jameson entering her college classroom, not only did she risk her true identity being outed, she risked losing her heart to the brash, “I want no-commitments,” man that stood before her.

Keeping their relationship in the “friends” zone was like walking a tightrope without a net. As they both deny falling for the other, their relationship deepens, but graduation brings career goals on two different coasts. Can their feelings survive the miles and the ambitions that stand between them? As Jameson crumbles from the pressures of a lofty startup company, he pushes away from Lyric, never realizing he is cutting his heart from his body.

Four years will pass, thousands of regrets for Jameson, a river of tears for Lyric and one shot at earning back the love of his life. Can Jameson prove he is not the manchild who walked out on the woman of his dreams?

Lyric has tasted the success of her career dreams, she is sadder, but wiser, but is she strong enough to resist Jameson coming on like a freight train? One burned, twice shy…but Fate holds their future in its hands…

J. Saman’s RECKLESS LOVE is a fresh, if painful take on risking one’s heart more than once to capture the prize. It’s a story of the coming of age of one’s heart, a twisted tale of a simple love gone wrong because of fear. It’s that fairytale romance where the handsome prince and the beautiful princess fail to find their happy ever after…the first time. Will they find it the second time around?

Ms. Saman doesn’t sugar-coat her romances. She fills them with raw emotions, flawed characters and bad judgement calls. She creates unintentional villains we can’t help but root for and heroines we can only hope are strong enough to see beyond their pride while keeping both eyes open.

Fabulous, fabulous reading! You may forget the characters can’t hear you talking to them!

I received a complimentary ARC copy from J. Saman!



Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon

Monsterland Reanimated
by Michael Okon

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: WordFire Press (April 13, 2018)
Publication Date: April 13, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy - Horror
Print Length: 252 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

After Monsterland has been destroyed, the entire world is thrown into chaos. Wyatt Baldwin and his friends must go beyond the boundaries of their small town to reestablish contact with the outside world. During their journey they discover a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park. The danger of werewolves, vampires and zombies pale in comparison to an army of relentless mummies, Vincent Conrad’s reanimated monster and the menace of a life-sucking ooze they call The Glob.  Will Wyatt and his friends survive when they reenter the scariest place on earth?

Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon

Monsterland ReanimatedThe ruins of Monsterland are at the vortex of a world thrown into chaos. Governments have collapsed, the infrastructure gone and pockets of survivors are left isolated, unaware of the events outside of their small communities. One teen boy and a ragtag band of allies will go beyond the perceived safety of their town in search of survivors in the hopes of re-building a devastated world.

Michal Okon’s MONSTERLAND REANIMATED is a rapid-fire, high velocity tale that will thrill readers from start to finish a Wyatt will leave his childhood behind as he braves the unknown, deadly marauders and uncovers the truth of what happened to the monster behind Monsterland.

Witness the horrors of dark secrets, treacherous science and the changes that will overtake this brave young group as they barrel headfirst into the unknown. Run from mummies created from reanimated victims as they feed their one need, to suck the life and souls from survivors. Reel from the evil genius of a cadre of villains and cheer for the young heroes who learn that trust, acceptance and the will to survive make a formidable offense against the unfathomable!

From start to finish, Michael Okon’s imagination rages across the pages in a captivating read guaranteed to hold both science fiction and horror fans captive!

I received a complimentary copy from Michael Okon!



Dark Challenge by Christine Feehan (Dark #5)

Dark Challenge
My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Christine Feehan
Series: Carpathian Novels
Sequence in Series: Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
ISBN-10: 0062019406
ISBN-13: 978-0062019400
Genre: Paranormal Romance


A New York Times Bestselling Author, Christine Feehan.

Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect . . . When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness . . . or save his soul?
Dark Challenge (Carpathians, #5)Dark Challenge by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan is a queen of paranormal romance. And, I don't just say that because she was my very first adult paranormal read...way back when. This, Dark Challenge is a novel that was included in those "way back when" reads and I enjoyed it just as much now as I did in years past.

Dark Challenge is a tantalizing, provocative, and seductive American based Carpathian tale. Finally a female with great cosmic power to match her Carpathian counterpart. I love the idea of a group growing up outside the Carpathian community and making it on their own...and then merging with Julian and eventually the rest of their extended families. With all Dark novels, some of the stuff is a bit repetitious, but is made up for in pure genius imaginings.

I received this copy of Dark Challenge from Avon Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Dark Challenge is set for release June 26, 2018.